Online from: 1988
|Title:||The relationship of age to ten dimensions of job performance|
|Author(s):||Ng T W H, Feldman D C|
|Journal:||Journal of Applied Psychology, Mar 2008, Volume: 93 Issue: 2 pp.392-423 (32 pages)|
|Keywords:||Age Groups, Older Employees, Older Employees, Performance Measurement|
|Article type:||Literature review|
|Reference:||37AK960 (Permanent URL)|
Design/methodology/approach - Outlines how previous research has produced mixed findings with regard to the relationship between age and job performance; suggests that the conflicting findings may be due to a number of factors including, among others, a focus on 'core' task activities. Describes the meta-analysis undertaken of 380 empirical studies, published during or before 2006, examining the relationship of age to ten key performance dimensions.
Findings - Puts forward how the findings found support for the proposition that older workers contribute effectively to non-core domains of job performance; reports how age was largely unrelated to core task performance and that age was not significantly related to creativity. Reveals, among other things, how age had a weak, negative relationship with performance in training programmes but had a positive relationship with organization citizenship behaviour.
Research limitations/implications - Presents a future research agenda based on the findings.
Practical implications - Employers should make better use of older workers.
Originality/value - Provides evidence that new approaches should be adopted to study the age-performance relationship.